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Six dead, 14 rushed to hospital after bus catches fire in Tshwane

Tshwane metro police spokesperson Isaac Mahamba said six people were burnt beyond recognition
Tshwane metro police spokesperson Isaac Mahamba said six people were burnt beyond recognition
Image: Supplied: TMPD/Isaac Mahamba

Six people died and at least 14 others were injured, one critically, when a bus caught fire in Tshwane on Friday afternoon.

The incident took place on the R573 Moloto Road.

Tshwane metro police spokesperson Isaac Mahamba said the six people killed in the blaze were burnt beyond recognition.

He said he was made aware of the incident around 4pm and rushed to the scene.

“A bus caught fire and six people have been declared dead on the scene. I can also confirm that another 14 including a driver have been rushed to the nearest hospital around the city and one is in a critical condition. At this stage, we do not know what the cause of the fire is and it is still being investigated,” Mahamba said.

City of Tshwane emergency services said 57 commuters escaped with multiple injuries.

Spokesperson Charles Mabaso said the city’s emergency services received a call of a bus on fire on the Moloto Road just after the Roodeplaat Dam at about 1.52pm on Friday. Mabaso said firefighters arrived on scene to find 14 patients needing treatment, and received reports that others had already been transported by private emergency medical services ambulances.

“Of the 14 patients, 11 suffered minor injuries, two sustained moderate injuries, and one female patient had to be airlifted to Milpark Hospital in a critical condition.

“During the cooling down of the burning bus after extinguishing the blaze, firefighters discovered what looked like charred human remains. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that six of the commuters were burnt beyond recognition,” he said.

Mabaso said the driver informed firefighters that he was told that the bus was on fire and stopped immediately.

“The driver indicated that the bus was carrying 63 commuters from Marabastad in Tshwane to Tweefontein in Mpumalanga. The cause of the fire is not yet known, and the deceased have not yet been identified,” Mabaso said.